ABT corps member Calvin Royal III has been awarded a 2014 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. The Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship recognizes young artists of extraordinary talent, providing additional resources to help them realize their full potential. The grants provide $50,000 a year for up to two years.
Calvin began his formal dance training in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age 14. He was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition in New York City in April 2006 and joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006. Royal was also the recipient of the Ethan Stiefel Scholarship in 2006 and 2007.
Calvin joined ABT II in December 2007,the main Company as an apprentice in October 2010, and the corps de ballet in April 2011. His repertoire with the Company includes roles in Bach Partita, Black Tuesday, Clear, Duets and Piano Concerto #1, the Recruit in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty and Jaseion in Sylvia. He created a role in Aftereffect, according to the ABT website.
The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Previous ABT recipients include Misty Copeland and Eric Tamm.
I enjoyed Calvin in the ABT fall season in Bach Partita and look forward to seeing him in the ABT Met season.